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Old 03-15-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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State Parks and NOAA SAME alerts and warnings

As a volunteer net control operator for the National Weather Service here in Peachtree City, GA. (WX4PTC) and the fact that our service area of North Georgia is taking a real weather pounding as I type this in, I thought I'd post another great reason to keep a NOAA weather radio with SAME technology in the RV at all times.

Wheh a warning is posted, they first give the county names of the areas affected, and then they say "Areas in the path of this storm include..." and then they give specific city, town, community names of where the storm is headed.

And just this weekend I have noticed they now include the names of state parks and recreation areas. Now I've heard a lot of these warnings and broadcast a few myself and I have not heard this before. I did make the suggestion to the warning co-ordinator the last time we had a training session.

If your local NWS office isn't doing this, call them up, ask to speak to the warning co-ordinator and politely suggest that they do.
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Great idea Radio! I haven't heard that type of warning around here...but would like to.
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Old 03-15-2008, 09:46 PM   #3
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Great idea Radio! I haven't heard that type of warning around here...but would like to.
Call you local NWS office and ask for the warning co-ordiantor. Do this on a nice day so they have time to talk to you. Our office, Peachtree City Georgia, has been including towns/cities in the path of the storm for some time now and so have the Atlanta TV stations.

I spoke to our warning co-ordinator at a SkyWarn Training Class. I expalined to him that a state park was basicly a trailer park, in terms of people at risk. So if you had a good sized park with 100 occupied sites, 3.5 people per site thats 350 people in flimsy housing, then add in 500 or more day users and park personel.

I then suggested that folks from out of town staying in the park would not know the names of the county or surrounding towns, but would know the name of the park. So now, in most of Georgia, if a state park is in the path of severe weather it is called out by name on the SAME alert.

Sometimes, all you gotta do is ask.
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pure genius...
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